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hanging thief
Bugman
I think you had a picture of one of these in your fly section not hanging. I wasn’t sure from the picture but when you called it a hanging thief I knew right away. Here’s one hanging and eating.
Bill

Hi Bill,
Wow!!! What an awesome photo. That Hanging Thief seems to be enjoying the Yellow Jacket it captured. Thanks for sending such an iconic image our way.

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spined micrathena
Howdy Bug Man,
I promised (threatened?) more photos. I didn’t see any pics of this spider on your site. Here are a couple of shots of Spined Micrathena (Micrathena gracilis.) One is shown repairing it’s orb, you can see the silk strand coming from the spinaret, the other is shown with a recently caught victim (either a type of fly or small bee.) They are numerous in the mountains of North Carolina in August. Regards,
Ed Kelley

Hi Ed,
Wow, thanks for a new species for our site. We have numerous photos of the Arrow Shaped Micrathena, and your Spiny Micrathena photos are awesome.

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Nursery Web or Fishing Spider? (plus, they’re just cool pictures!)
I live in the lowcountry of South Carolina and found this spider on my back patio a couple of weeks ago. The toad is a baby one, maybe about 1″ – 1 1/4″ long. I took so many pictures, this guy (gal?) must have gotten sick of my camera’s paparazzo flashblub because he took off across the lawn, taking the toad with him. I haven’t seen him since. I understand that, assuming this is the type of spider I think it is, that the bite is not lethal or particularly dangerous, but what if they get into a house and bite a small pet? Or even a baby or toddler? Thanks so much!
Samantha

Hi Samantha,
Wow! What a wonderful photo. This is a Dolomedes Fishing Spider, and it appears to be feasting on a Tree Frog. All spiders have venom, and it is possible that a bite could affect a sensitive person in a negative way. It is a sure bet that it would cause discomfort like swelling and or itching.

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dining damselfly
In the second photo a damselfly dines on a lygus bug while a tiny scuttle fly (at the left) competes for the meal. By the way, I took these photos with the 6x lens of a linen tester mounted in front of a camera not designed for close-up photography.
Ronald

Hi Ronald,
Your Damselfly foodchain image is great. Sorry we cannot identify the species (possibly a Violet Dancer, Argia vivida). We have real problems identifying dragonflies and damselflies. Perhaps someone will write in and identify it.

Update: Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 2:48 AM
Good morning,
The shape of the black marking and overall looj makes it a species of the Enallagma (Bluets)genus.
Renaud, Switzerland

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Hi– just found your gorgeous site. You can bet I’ll be a frequent visitor! We found this fine, fat, fellow at the far eastern point of the country this weekend, in Pembroke, Maine. I was just admiring this photo, when I noticed the little white blobs on the caterpillar’s skin. Are these wasp larvae? Will he die before he can turn into a moth? Also — I guess he’s a cecropia moth.
Meg in Maine

Hi Meg,
This is a Cecropia Moth, and it does appear as though it is parasitized, probably by a Brachonid Wasp species. If that is the case, sadly, the caterpillar will die before reaching adulthood. The wasp pupa are smaller than we are used to seeing on Sphingidae Caterpillars, so it might be another species.

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Hi– just found your gorgeous site. You can bet I’ll be a frequent visitor! We found this fine, fat, fellow at the far eastern point of the country this weekend, in Pembroke, Maine. I was just admiring this photo, when I noticed the little white blobs on the caterpillar’s skin. Are these wasp larvae? Will he die before he can turn into a moth? Also — I guess he’s a cecropia moth.
Meg in Maine

Hi Meg,
This is a Cecropia Moth, and it does appear as though it is parasitized, probably by a Brachonid Wasp species. If that is the case, sadly, the caterpillar will die before reaching adulthood. The wasp pupa are smaller than we are used to seeing on Sphingidae Caterpillars, so it might be another species.

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